Course Title: Supervised Thesis 4A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Supervised Thesis 4A

Credit Points: 36

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Grad School of Business


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Professor Lynne Bennington

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 50130

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 158.2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is available only to part-time Research Candidates enrolled in the Doctor of Business Administration. The pre-requisites for the DBA include successful completion of a MBA or equivalent.

Course Description

DBA Candidates are assigned individual academic advisors/mentors who provide advice to Candidates as they undertake work related to making progress on an appropriate DBA research thesis.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course involves activities related to the development of skills associated with completing a DBA research thesis.

Knowledge: Material covered and provided in classes will cover both ‘classic’ and current theoretical and practice issues. Written work will require demonstration of knowledge of relevant theory.

Creative: Readings, class discussions and assessment tasks will aim to develop candidates’ ability to creatively apply theories to practical situations.

Critical: Debate and discussion as well as written work will emphasize the need for critical thinking and the ability to demonstrate a critical perspective.

Responsible: The importance of business ethics and personal integrity will be integrated into class material and discussion.

Employable: This course involves substantial self-directed learning and candidates will be required to be self-motivated and adaptable, with good communication skills. Successful completion of the assessment will require an appreciation of practical factors and complex issues commonly faced in business.

Life-long learners: The importance of refinement & development of the skills through practical, critical experience will be stressed. Amongst other objectives assessment will require students to think broadly, take in new concepts and explore possible effects of competing influences as part of their professional development.

Potential leaders: This course integrates aspects of theory with practice, and contributes to the development of leadership traits such as vision, communication and strategic thinking.

As in capability development

Overview of Learning Activities

Candidates are assigned individual academic advisors/mentors. Advice may be provided via ’face to face’ meetings, as well as telephone or email discussions.
The content and process of teaching and learning will be reviewed through ongoing feedback. Candidates are expected to take responsibility for their own learning and manage their time accordingly.

Overview of Learning Resources

References/resources/articles will be recommended/provided by individual academic advisors/mentors. Candidates will also need to engage in literature searches for relevant material related to their individual DBA proposal/thesis.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is available as a Pass or Fail grade only in this course. Candidates must complete each assessment task to pass this course. Assessment in this course will be based on the Graduate School of Business Research Candidate six monthly “Progress Review” process.